Wimbledon, July 10
Wimbledon can pay out $12.5 million in prize cash to 620 gamers regardless of the event’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the All England Club stated Friday.
After consulting with its insurance coverage supplier, membership officers stated 256 gamers who would have competed in the primary draw will every obtain 25,000 kilos ($31,000), whereas 224 gamers who would have competed in qualifying will every obtain 12,500 kilos ($15,600).
“Immediately following the cancellation of The Championships, we turned our attention to how we could assist those who help make Wimbledon happen,” All England Club chief government Richard Lewis stated.
In addition, 120 gamers who would have competed in doubles will every obtain 6,250 kilos ($7,800); 16 gamers who would have competed within the wheelchair occasions will every obtain 6,000 kilos ($7,500); and 4 gamers who would have competed within the quad wheelchair occasions will every obtain 5,000 kilos ($6,200).
“We know these months of uncertainty have been very worrying for these groups, including the players, many of whom have faced financial difficulty during this period and who would have quite rightly anticipated the opportunity to earn prize money at Wimbledon based on their world ranking,” Lewis stated.
The pandemic pressured officers to cancel the event for the primary time since 1945.
“We are pleased that our insurance policy has allowed us to recognize the impact of the cancellation on the players and that we are now in a position to offer this payment as a reward for the hard work they have invested in building their ranking to a point where they would have gained direct entry into The Championships 2020,” Lewis stated.
The membership additionally introduced that the grass courtroom seeding components used since 2002 “has served its time.”
Beginning in 2021, seeding for the lads’s singles draw might be primarily based solely on rating, the membership stated, however there might be no change to the strategy of seeding for the ladies. AP